Notre Dame’s quarterback DeShone Kizer made headlines when he impressed the crowd for his play against the Longhorns.
Matt Miller of Bleacher’s Report said that he has the skills of a quarterback in the entire 2017 draft class. A report from Draft Wire, meanwhile, noted DeShone Kizer also has his weakness but it is expected from a young quarterback.
“Most of his issues center around consistency, with both his physical tools and mental awareness, but that should continue to develop with more experience against top competition,” the report said.
Last year, DeShone Kizer was put into a difficult situation when teammate Mali Zaire was injured in 2014. The Ohio native lead the Irish to a 9-2 record in the rest of the regular season.
“Notre Dame would fall to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, but Kizer had done more than enough to prove he was ready to take the torch and run (or throw) with it heading into 2016,” Draft Wire noted.
DeShone Kizer finished off his first year with 2,884 yards, 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions through the air. He also added 520 yards and 10 more scores on the ground.
What makes DeShone Kizer motivation can be credited to his girlfriend Elli Thatcher who has a baseball-sized tumor in her neck. His girlfriend has been suffering from the tumor for five years now and it was only during the spring last year when she had it removed in a 17-hour surgery, Sporting News said.
The quarterback has played baseball and basketball for Central Catholic before. His father, Derek, is also a basketball enthusiast who played with the Bowling Green in the late 70s.
DeShone Kizer’s high school coach has previously told that the young player is a dynamic one.
Greg Dempsey said that he is a big athletic kid, who can who can throw the ball vertically and really stretch a defense multiple ways. “He’s just got that big, pocket body, that’s kind of prototypical. Just like high school, he’s going to get better with every snap he takes and produce very well,” he said.
DeShone Kizer was included as the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List this year as well as in the Davey O’Brien Award Watch List and Maxwell Award Watch List, UND said. In 2015, he was named as the Notre Dame Offensive Newcomer of the Year and had a O’Brien Quarterback of the Week Honorable Mention.